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Shareaholic – a Simple Way to Share Web Pages

shareaholic-iconThe name of this web browser addon tells you who it helps. If you are addicted to sharing cool links or awesome images in Twitter, Facebook or any other social web service, Shareaholic could help.

I tried it out, and it’s helped my sharing output already. Shareaholic supports sending content to over 100 different services.

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It’s easy to install and use. Just point your web browser to the Shareaholic home page, and install the plugin. They support Firefox, Chrome, IE, Safari, Opera, Flock and Songbird.

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Once installed, you’ll be prompted to customize it, so that it shows only the services that you use. Clicking on he Shareaholic icon in your browser will bring up the sharing menu.

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You might have noticed from the image above, that you can assign keyboard shortcut keys for each service. You can also use it to shorten long URLs. That’s really handy. I also like the simple posts it creates.

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If you need more details, watch this video about Shareaholic.

If you have a sharing habit, Shareaholic is an addon you need to try. It’s a lot easier than going through a twelve step program to cure your addiction.

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Note: We previously wrote about Shareaholic almost a year ago. You may also want to check out a similar addon called AddToAny.


Microsoft Internet Explorer 9 Caught Cheating in the SunSpider Benchmark?

Internet-Explorer-9-Cheats-Benchmark SunSpider is one of the commonly used artificial JavaScript benchmarks for measuring the efficiency of a browser’s JavaScript engine. With Internet Explorer 9, Microsoft managed to pull off significant improvements, and leap frogged Firefox (which has already fired back with JagerMonkey) in the SunSpider benchmark. However, it appears that Microsoft might have resorted to cheating to achieve its considerable gains.

Rob Sayre, Mozilla’s Platform Engineer, was the first one to notice that something is fishy. He documented his observations in a bug report, and published it on his blog. The revelation was soon picked up the tech crowd at Hacker News, who further delved into the matter to dig up some compelling proof. It appears that Internet Explorer 9 is employing some optimizations that are specific to the math-cordic test on SunSpider. While it’s not illegal to come up with clever optimizations that improve performance, it’s important that they are applicable to a wide range of cases. Unfortunately in this case, even simple modifications to the benchmark code, like setting return to true, has been found to significantly alter the results returned by Internet Explorer 9.

It’s possible that this is just the result of an unreliable and narrow implementation of dead code optimization. However, if Internet Explorer is specifically targeting the SunSpider benchmark to work around its tests, then that is a probably a case of cheating.

(Image taken from www.ietestdrive.com)

Update: Rob Sayre has penned a new blog-post, in which he makes it pretty clear that he believes that Internet Explorer 9 is targeting the SunSpider benchmark.

Firefox Turns 6, Now Has 36% Market Share

Mozilla’s baby is turning 6 today, with a 36% market share to brag about. Six years ago Internet Explorer one of the most used browsers, that is when Firefox was launched and quickly became popular among tech enthusiasts and developers. Now, the browser boasts of more than 1/3rd of the market share.

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In the past few years though, Firefox has also had to fend competition from and who have been rising on the popularity charts. With being delayed till 2011, Mozilla definitely has to buck up its game to extend their stay for several more years to come.

Firefox 4 is a definitely game changer for Mozilla, and hopefully this 6th birthday will give them a boost to get it out of the door as quickly they can. Here is wishing one of the best browsers I have ever used a very Happy 6th birthday. To get some goodies, visit the official Mozilla birthday page.

Top Extensions for Opera 11

has always been a browser with a small (as compared to or ) but devoted following that keeps increasing with each iteration of their browser. While their simple mobile version of the browser (Opera Mini) is vastly popular they never saw a similar growth in the desktop market. The folks at Opera Inc. thought it was probably due to the unavailability of Extensions for their browser, and so they added the extensibility of extensions in Opera 11.

So without further ado, here’s a look at the top extensions for Opera 11.

NoAds

NoAds: NoAds is a NoScript + AdBlock extension. In the words of its creator NoAds = (NoScript + AdBlock)/2. It blocks 99% of scripts on a site that originate from a different domain, blocks text ads and you can even import subscriptions from AdBlock as well as EHH! No more ads.

FastestTube - YouTube Video Downloader

FastestTube: This simple and sweet extension just adds a drop-down menu on any YouTube video page where you can download the video that is playing in many formats. There are some minor problems with the integration with Redirect to HTTPS videos, but that should be fixed shortly.

Reddited

Reddited: Are you an avid Redditor? Do you scramble up to submit a page to Reddit only to find that it’s already been linked to? Do you hang your head in defeat and rage at the trolls that are laughing at you? Then this is the extension for you. All it does is tell you if the page you’re looking at has been reddited or not. If it has been submitted, it shows you the comment count on the link as well.

Translate Extension

Translate: If you’re one of those anime fans without a drop of Japanese within you, or if you’re the newshound who has to go to various foreign-language sites for news then this extension will do you a world of good. Translate auto-magically detects the language of the page you’re currently working on and will offer to translate the entire page for you. Built on top of Google Translate framework, the translation, although slightly grammatically off, works and works well.

Opera Mini Simulator

Opera Mini Simulator: This one is for the web developers. The add-on loads your focused tab as how it would look under the Opera Mini environment. Though a little slow when simulating, the add-on is quite useful for mobile developers.

GMail [iOS mode]

Gmail [iOS Mode]: Don’t want to wait for the Gmail page to open when all you need is to know if you have unread mail or not? Enter the Gmail [iOS Mode] extension that changes the UserAgent of Opera to an iOS device’s. So you can use the slick and lean Gmail interface on your desktop browser itself!

Do you have any favorite Opera Extensions? Do feel free to share them with me through your comments.

BlackSheep Thwarts Firesheep Intruders

Firesheep, a for snooping on and  logins on open Wi-Fi connections caused quite a storm when it was released. It went on to show how insecure your computer could be.

BlackSheep Firesheep Protector

The exploit could snoop on unprotected Wi-Fi connections and retrieve login cookies for Twitter and Facebook, which could then be used to login to a users account and access their data. If you are using an open Wi-Fi connection, the first thing to do is to to secure your Wi-Fi connection. If you need help with it, read our earlier guides Wi-Fi Demystified I and Wi-Fi Demystified II.

BlackSheep is another which is designed to combat Firesheep. BlackSheep drops fake session ID information on the wire and then monitors traffic to see if it has been hijacked. If BlackSheep finds that someone is snooping on you, it will display an alert as seen in the image above.

If you have a secure Wi-Fi connection, you have nothing to worry about, but if you don’t, the threat of Wi-Fi snooping by Firesheep is pretty high. You can circumnavigate the threat by using https instead of http while accessing the websites, but to be on the safer side, install the BlackSheep add-on too, which can be downloaded from here.

Also Read: Advice from a Wi-Fi Hacker

(Source: Life Hacker)

Google Chrome Beta Updated To Chrome 8, Adds Inline PDF Viewer

A few months back I had reported that had started to display PDF Files inline. Google Chrome beta users will now be able to get the inline PDF viewer in the latest update v8.0.552.28.

Google Chrome PDF Inline

The feature which was first spotted by me in version 6.0.495.0 dev took longer than expected to make it to the beta channel. Chrome’s new PDF viewer makes it easier to open PDF Files in the browser itself, eliminating need for external PDF readers. Google Chrome 8.0.552.28 has been updated for all platforms. You should be able to view PDF files inline in Chrome once you have updated to the beta version.

Also Read: 18 Handy and Unique PDF Tools | PDF Tools and Services you should definitely use

Google Chrome 9 Hits Dev Channel

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9 has officially hit the dev channel for Windows, Linux and Mac OS X. The newest version of Google Chrome is versioned 9.0.570.0 and includes minor fixes and some security fixes. There are no new features added to the Chrome Labs though. You can check the updates in Google Chrome 9 here or view the entire change log for this version here.

Google Chrome 8 was released in mid-October, and Chrome 9 has been released within 3 weeks. This is not surprising though as Chrome developers have planned to release one stable version every 6 weeks. Users might see a stable version of Chrome 8 coming out soon.

IE9 Tops HTML5 Conformance Tests By W3C

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that Internet Explorer 9 has topped W3C’s first official HTML5 conformance tests. While HTML5 is still a developing standard, Microsoft’s commitment to standards is commendable. With IE9, Microsoft has been talking a lot about HTML5, CSS3 and their dedication to make IE9 standard complaint. The tests go on to prove that it wasn’t just PR talk. They meant it. IE9 has been scoring well on the ACID3 tests as well.

The test results can be found on W3C and one should keep in mind that the results reflect only parts of the HTML5 standard and not all of it. IE9 platform preview is followed by Chrome 7 beta and Firefox 4 Beta. The scores:

Source: The Register

Firefox 4 Won’t Be Ready Until 2011

Last week, we pointed out that the development of Firefox 4 was taking a lot longer than anticipated, as a result of which, the final version might not be released by the end of this year. A short while back, Firefox’s director Mike Beltzner, confirmed our fears in an update posted on Mozilla’s Dev Planning group. He wrote:

As those who have been tracking our nightly builds know, great things are happening with Firefox 4. The user interface changes are converging, the graphics and layout features are wrapping up, and recently the JavaScript engine was dramatically improved. The result is a fast, capable Firefox that provides better speed and responsiveness for web applications and users. Completing this work is taking longer than initial estimates indicated as we track down regressions and sources of instability. As part of our commitment to beta users, we will not ship software before it is ready.

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Firefox 4 Beta 7, which was originally expected to arrive on Sept 17, will ship in early November. Similarly, the release date of Beta 8 has been pushed back from October 1 to Nov 12. The RC build (Release Candidate) should arrive in early 2011, which will be followed shortly thereafter by the final build.

Google Chrome 8 Officially Gets Password Sync

dev channel has been updated to version 8.0.552.18. The latest version on the dev channel has officially got a long requested feature to sync passwords to the cloud.

Google Chrome 8 Password Sync

If you visit your sync options, you will now see an option which will allow you to sync your passwords to your Google account. This is definitely something I have been waiting for a long time and will make my life easier when it comes to switching between multiple computers.

Chrome 8.0.552.18 has been updated for Windows, Linux and Mac OS X. You can see this feature by visiting Options -> Personal Stuff. If you want to add an extra layer of security to your data, you might want to encrypt it using the "Encryption" tab in the Sync window. This will ensure that your data can only be synced if you enter the encryption key.

Firefox 4 Continues to Fall Behind Schedule: Major Delays Expected

Last month, I reported that Mozilla had axed some of the features from Firefox 4, in order to meet its release deadline. The first feature to be dropped was the new Account Manager that had received rave reviews from most users. However, it now appears that, even cutting down on features might not be enough to get Firefox 4 back on schedule.

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According to this publicly available schedule, Firefox 4 Beta 7 was supposed to arrive on Sept 17, and Beta 8 was supposed to land on October 1. However, both of these dates have come and gone, without any new Firefox 4 builds being released. Quite obviously, Mozilla also missed its target of achieving code freeze by Oct 15 in preparation of the RC (Release Candidate) release.

Firefox-4-Schedule

There’s still plenty of work left to be done. Just a couple of weeks back, Mozilla reported that it had 17 blockers (bugs that are major enough to prevent the release of a build) to deal with before the next beta release, and as many as 510 blockers to fix before they can move on to the RC stage. This has prompted Softpedia to speculate that Mozilla might not even manage to pull off the release by the end of this year.

Firefox 3.6.11 and 3.5.14 Released

With Firefox 4.0 hogging all the limelight, it’s easy to forget that most of the users are still using stable builds of Firefox 3.5 and 3.6. Earlier today, Mozilla pushed through a recommended security and stability update for both the trunks.

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As many as nine vulnerabilities have been fixed in this release, including five critical ones. This update also fixes numerous stability and performance issues – 40 in Firefox 3.6.11 and 23 in Firefox 3.5.14 to be exact. For more information about the fixed vulnerabilities refer to the bugzilla thread for Fx 3.6.11 and 3.5.14.

[ Download Firefox 3.6.11 | Download Firefox 3.5.14 ]

Mozilla Announces Open Web App Platform

Web is the future and the browser will make the operating system redundant. I am sure you have heard this argument before, and will probably hear it in the future. While I am still not sure about the web browser making the operating system insignificant, a lot of the big guys (especially browser manufacturers) are definitely convinced.

Back in 2006, Opera introduced widgets, which are essentially applications developed using existing web standards that can run on desktop, mobile phones and even other devices like television sets. Last year, Google announced their web-oriented operating system – Google Chrome OS. While the Chrome OS is yet to arrive, the Chrome Web Store is expected to launch pretty soon. And, just a couple of days back, Opera joined the Wholesale Application Community – an alliance of the world’s leading mobile operators working together to define, create and deploy a common mobile application platform that leverages the power of the web.

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Now Mozilla has also jumped in and announced its own “Open Web App Platform“. Conceptually it’s very similar to Google’s Chrome App store. Developers can build applications using existing standards (HTML, CSS and JavaScript) and must include a special manifest file that confirms to the Open Web App platform specifications. After that the app can be installed and used from any operating system (desktop or mobile) that has a modern browser. Unlike Google’s offering, which is restricted to Chrome OS alone, Mozilla supports Internet Explorer 8, Chrome 6, Safari 5, Opera 10 and WebKit mobile.

Head over to appstore.mozillalabs.com to get a taste of what Mozilla is planning.

Games You Can Play Using Google Chrome Extensions

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. As this famous saying goes, sometimes you have to take a break and give yourself some play time. Now, you could load up that Medal of Honor CD or even start playing Call of Duty, but what if you could just play a quick game while you are browsing the web in ?

Super Mario Google Chrome Game

Yes, I am talking about which allow you to play games from within the browser without even leaving the current website you are browsing. You can play these games while you are waiting for a download or waiting for task to finish in the browser and then continue doing what you do. So without further ado, here is another one of Techie Buzz’s featuring Chrome Extensions which you can use to play Games on the browser.

Please note: Though these extensions do not turn the browser into a gaming device and some times they use popups to open the games. That said, the quick access to games is definitely worth it.

BLOONS, The Game! – Alert, this is a very ADDICTIVE game. I remember playing it once and never stopping. With BLOONS, you play the role of a monkey bursting balloons.   Find that easy? Just play some levels and you will see that it isn’t as easy as it seems. And like I said this game can hook you, so make sure you have the time before starting to play this one. They also have a big selection of Tower defense games. If you are more into Tower Defense Games, check out our list of Top 5 Tower Defense Games.

Mario Game – Who hasn’t heard about Mario. Oh yea those new genre gamers. But this classic will keep you hooked for awhile. If you want to play Super Mario, yes there is an extension for that too. Download it here.

Pacman – Another classic arcade game which will keep you busy for awhile. Control your pacman and eat all the dots before the monsters have you for dinner.

Snake Game – The game that probably started the mobile gaming revolution. The snake game has been there and done that, now you can also play it on Chrome.

Chess Game – Show the computer your better brains by challenging it in a Chess game while you wait for something to download or just don’t have anyone else to play Chess with.

Chrome Mini Golf Game

Mini Golf – Have some time before heading to the golf course? Just load up this game and practice your putts. However, don’t expect it to improve your score card at the course Smile.

Chrome MineSweeper – Another classic games I started playing when I had Windows 98. This game has stayed around for a long time and you can continue playing it in Google Chrome now.

Ping Pong 3D – Play Ping Pong against the computer and see if you can win. This is one of the hardest Flash games I have played and winning is not a joke.

Tetris – Another classic Arcade game which can keep you hooked. Go build.

Copter Game – Keep the copter from hitting obstacles while you make sure to not hit the terrain, the more you fly, the tougher it gets.

Boys Vs Girls Tic-Tac-Toe Game – Aha those classics, this games lets you play Tic-Tac-Toe from right within the browser. The only difference is that it replaces the X and O with a boy and girl doodles. If you want to just play the classic game, download this Tic-Tac-Toe game extension.

Games for bored people – Waiting for a slow webpage to load? Then make the balls bounce with this completely USELESS game that will keep you busy for a while.

Game Button – This extension allows you to play tons of games in a new popup window. Just select your genre, choose your game and start playing.

Free Online Games @ Gadget Runner – This Chrome extension provides you with a set of games that can keep you hooked for a while. The Games include Sim Taxi, Mini Pool, Solitaire and Bowling among others.

Phew, that’s quite a few games and it doesn’t make Jack a dull boy anymore. If you have your own favorite games, do share them with us. I will add them to the list.

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Google Chrome 8 Adds GPU Acceleration, Cloud Print and More

has hit another milestone with their development version. Google Chrome 8 now adds more features to the about:labs section including GPU Acceleration.

Google Chrome 8

Chrome 8 has added an option to leverage your graphics hardware for better graphic performance for the browser. You will have to visit about:labs in the browser to enable the new feature.

In addition to that, Chrome 8 also supports "cloud printing" also known as print from anywhere using the cloud. However, this feature is not yet fully functional. Chrome 8 development version has been updated for , Mac OS X and Linux.

If you want to try out the development version of Google Chrome, read our earlier guide on switching to Chrome development version.